what the CBSE is teaching children

i like to keep tabs on the CBSE curriculum as it’s one of the major boards in indian school education. currently there are around 16000 schools affiliated to CBSE, meaning they use the CBSE curriculum. so i took a look at the class X syllabus for social sciences. the whole thing looked a more contemporary…

defending design from rapid authoring tools

i feel so strongly that we shouldn’t design from a focus that starts with tools, particularly rapid authoring tools. here’s a breakdown of reasons why i think this is a cardinal no-no for instructional design. distorted design purpose at best, total lack of clarity at worst what is the point of the design? is it…

sex education in india

the minister of health provided a massive facepalm (or headdesk … depending on your preference) moment recently. you heard about it, right? i stand by this video as a response: and yes. i am back from my holiday!

your attention, please!

…this ID is backing up! today i wondered about the definition of “attention”. (yes, i’m weird like that.) i have a problem with people spouting theories without clearly defining what they mean (ref Keller’s ARCS). in eLearning, we have a by-now-hard-coded notion of what strategies should be like to gain the learner’s attention, without ever having…

the face of cynical design

all this talk of convictions and ideology in our designs… i woke up today with this question in my head: “what would be the face of cynical design in a course?” i seem to have the impression that a lot of stuff we do as an industry is cynical design, would i be able to…

wendy’s tutorial for pouring coffee

i saw this video and went through this complicated routine: cringed with embarassment laughed until my stomach hurt repeat for duration of the video + 5 minutes more. classic example of corporate training cluelessness (‘gamification’ proponents, i’m looking at you!):